A new study published in Science Advances suggests that warming may make future weather worse than we think. The extent to which currently predictable global warming will affect hurricanes, heat waves and other weather events may lead us to underestimate what the planet will look like in the future.
The researchers found that the Earth is gradually warming, which could increase heat waves by up to 80 percent and humidity events by 50 percent. That’s 50 per cent higher than previously forecast.
“We are seeing year after year the rising incidence of extreme events, which has a significant impact on people and ecosystems,” Noah Diffenbaugh, a climate scientist at Stanford University, said in a report. One of the main challenges facing humans to adapt more to these extremes is the ability to accurately predict how current global warming will change the weather in the future. “
By analyzing the link between climate change and extreme weather events, researchers can help policymakers, engineers and other risk managers integrate it into decision-making and effectively improve global risk management.